That’s what they called it. It’s not exactly in my book. There are similar ones. It doesn’t seem to be identified. I’m too humble to say we discovered something new. It’s just not in my one and only book. Fine! It looked like a piece of dirt. I would never see it. And my dive buddy saw it. She beckoned and then started photographing this moving piece of dirt. Ah! It was moving. The key operative word, if it’s moving it’s alive and subject to being photographed. And without a macro lens, no way. There is no way I could have seen this much less post anything decent to see. It was tiny – a mere speck of dirt.
Ok, I exaggerate – not that small. It’s the opposite of the fish I caught the other day which was this biiiigggggg….This was indeed special. I’ve never seen it before and probably won’t again. But you can be sure that if I do, I will show you.
Don’t touch nothin’ under the sea. Nothin’ nope nada. Every time I brush the coral I get a rash. The water repellent shirt you wear is called a rash guard. I still remember my buddy Jack calling it that. Me, I thought the lightweight shirt shed water. That too, but the real purpose is to protect you if you touch something. Don’t ever, touch nothin’ ever. Got it?
So here is what I am now seeing with my close-up lens. No I’m not really seeing this underwater. The hairs are too small to really see until you enlarge the image on the computer. It’s simply amazing what’s out there just waiting to give me a rash. Don’t touch nothin’ ever. Of course I never met rule I didn’t mind breaking…
Too numerous to count, well, at least more than a few, I’ve posted up Nemo often. He’s a willing and ready subject. They hover around their anemone and defend it. So you know there’s a ready shot if you haven’t pressed the shutter in the last minute. In an hour dive I may make more than 100 images. So a second or two and I’m itching to find a subject. Ah!
Now for the next trick, try to capture Nemo with macro while he’s swimming. A neat trick! Its anemone was safety. So this little one stayed close. I shot a lot and came away with a couple.
Yes, I can… ‘cause I did. There’s some skill involved. But truth be told, there’s also a lot of luck.
Graphical, colorful, dramatic lighting, it all is here in this image. The current was strong enough to make it difficult to hold one position to get this image. This is the same animal (anemone) which would be guarded by Nemo. In this case it is a black anemone fish. Yes, they hide behind anemone too. With the current blowing, it set up a dramatic shot with the anemone lifting her skirt. And, you peeked!
Can you top this? Does lightning strike twice in the same place? Who knows? Well, I found this second hermit crab with eggs inside the shell. Pretty neat! This was actually the first I saw of this phenomena. I guess it’s common place for hermit crabs. But I’m still tickled to find this when I find it. To me it’s still wondrous.
Hey! It’s spring and things are in bloom. So eggs are getting laid. If you know where to look you can see it everywhere. I’m just not that good yet. No, don’t ask. I wonder where the tiny hatchlings go? That would be a hell of a photograph. Meanwhile lightning struck me twice. Not literally…figuratively, silly.
I imagined this shot. I looked for it. I wanted to take it. Oh, by the way, I’d like a mermaid too… a redheaded on named Ariel would do…But really, I was thinking this morning before we dove, I’d like to go back and see the fish eggs I saw the past two weeks and see the fish inside the eggs developed so I could get a picture with the fish not yet hatched. Wish! Granted! And I found it! Wow! Yes, another wow moment.
We were swimming by the anemone and as usual the Nemos were out front guarding. But there was something on the coral wall. Shiny, tiny, and being guarded too. I got a few shots. Got wide, got close, and shot detail. Amr swam past and signaled to move on. I grabbed his fin as he was leaving and pointed out this subject. He stopped, hovered, and started taking shots. He took my camera too. He was using wide angle and I had the macro lens ready to go. I got the same images. His are better. Credit: Amr. He keeps raising my bar. Note to self: Don’t give up on a subject till you get the image you seek. Macro subjects don’t move away fast. So work the subject, get a better image. Mine were lacking in focus and exposure. Decent but not like Amr shot. Darn, I want to get better in a hurry. But that’s the point, hurrying makes you miss.
So, you saw yesterday’s post. I got some good images. And now!? My dive buddy took my camera and shot a few. This is what he got. It’s not blown up. It’s full frame. At this magnification, it is very hard to get a sharp image and detail. Things go blurry for lots of reasons. Everything is moving, photographer and subject, and current, and camera, and focus point, and it’s pretty near impossible…for me. Credit this to Amr. He just raised my bar. I think I’m good. He shows me I still have a way to go. This is fun. I’m better, not great, and not as good as I will be. At this point in my life it’s pretty nice to be challenged to do better. Good equipment helps. The right lens at the right moment helps. Luck! But it’s the photographer too. I just discovered that my equipment is fine. …and my hands shake. Not really…shhhh, I do brain surgery just fine. But I’ve been doing my day job for a long time. And I know what to do and I’m good at what I do… day job.
This hermit crab is too tiny to eat. Someone I know loves crab…to eat. That antenna is as small as a fine hair. So! Yes! This is a small morsel. Not even a tidbit. I took the liberty of cropping horizontal and vertical.
Each image has its merits and you are left to choose which you like. And always, the question, “Which do you prefer?” You have to have a favorite.
That would be like asking me which of my two kids do I prefer. And to that I just smile. Okay, back to the post. Do you see the detail? Are you getting some enthusiasm here. Great images are too easy to find? Someone always has a better one. But! This one is mine!
The 26th of the month is special to someone I know. And since we were just talking about jellyfish… here you are.
I tried to shoot one once. It was a disaster. The things are translucent. Autofocus just doesn’t want to play. No image. Blurred. Unusable. Drat! On this day the jellyfish were blooming or whatever it is they do. The sea was full of them. I guess they are not good eating. What did I say about touching anything? Don’t! I was careful. But then I wanted a shot. These guys were near the surface which meant the waves were pushing me to and fro. I was dizzy and nearly nauseous. I persisted, of course, or you wouldn’t have any shots to see.
Yes, tricky. I got a lot of images. Mostly out of focus. There’s not much to focus upon when your subject is translucent. Did I say that already? This has sort of become a dive blog. And the interesting images I get are accumulating faster than the days I have to post. I no sooner get one good image and another comes along right after it. By no means is this my day job. So the learning curve for underwater photography has been stimulating and challenging. Thankfully, I’m hooked up with some photographers equally passionate (crazy) who are pushing my skills to become better.
I got eggs! Be suitably impressed please. I don’t think anyone has this shot. And if they do, great and good luck to them. I have another somewhere. I’ll post it when I edit it later. But this was an unexpected find from the dive I made this past weekend. The senior and more experienced dive photographers as making fun of me. I have discovered what they have known about before me. I just discovered how to find hermit crabs. Ho hum. No big deal. Right! I’ve been tormenting all the hermit crabs that will come out to play on the reef. The others just shake their heads and photograph something else. I’m old. My vision is not what it was once. Add motion, and blurring with a dive mask, and then a gentle current pushing you around, and finally a subject that would rather you leave it alone. You cannot stage this. You can’t even know what’s going on. You certainly can’t see the eggs when you shoot the image. This crab is small. The eggs are miniscule. Yeah, wow! I have to say that this is pretty good. Right place, right time, luck is a great thing. Or as our neurosurgery departmental motto went: “It’s better to be lucky than good.”